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Notropis hypselopterus(Sailfin Shiner)

A stunning small minnow-like fish with a narrow, streamlined body that has a slightly pink tinge and bears a thick blue-black band that covers most of the lower half of the head and body. On the caudal peduncle there are red patches above and below this band, and another red patch is present behind the eye. The dorsal fin is large and black; the anal and tail fins are red. Both males and females share the same basic colouration, though males tend to be slightly more intensely coloured. Both sexes show their best colours during the breeding season, but even outside such times these are very attractive little fish.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Sailfin shiners are minnows that inhabit clean, relatively fast-flowing streams in the Southeastern United States. They are schooling fish and need to be kept in groups of at least six specimens.

Maintenance is not difficult provided the water does not get too warm. An unheated tank should be adequate under most circumstances. Feeding does not pose a problem as these fish will eat both flake foods and small frozen foods such as bloodworms and brine shrimp. A varied diet is essential for good health and bright colours.

Breeding occurs relatively readily in aquaria, and can be triggered by slightly raising the water temperature. Spawning normally takes place in spring. The males become territorial and defend nests made on the fine gravel substrate. Remove the parents after spawning. The fry, once they emerge, are easily reared on liquid fry food and newly-hatched brine shrimps.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution United States
Temperature 10-20 C
Size 6 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-8.0
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish Yes

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